Pinwheels for Prevention

What the Pinwheel Represents

Pinwheels for Prevention – What the Pinwheel Represents

In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention®. What their research showed, and what our experiences since then have borne out, is that people respond to the pinwheel. By its very nature, the pinwheel connotes whimsy and childlike notions. In essence, it has come to serve as the physical embodiment, or reminder, of the great childhoods we want for all children.

So the pinwheel represents Prevent Child Abuse America’s efforts to change the way our nation thinks about prevention, focusing on community activities and public policies that prioritize prevention right from the start to make sure child abuse and neglect never occur.

Over a million pinwheels have been displayed since April 2008. Join us by bringing Pinwheels for Prevention to your community!

The following ideas offer some starting points for planning local community awareness activities during Child Abuse Prevention Month. Pinwheels are a happy and uplifting symbol of childhood. As a campaign symbol, a pinwheel conveys the message that every child deserves the chance be raised in a healthy, safe, and nurturing environment.


Ideas for incorporating Pinwheels into your Child Abuse Prevention activities include:       

  • Choose a highly visible location and “plant” a pinwheel “garden.” Equate pinwheels with the number of children served by your agency or the number of births in your community. Use your pinwheels to promote the good you are doing in your community.
  • Please remember that pinwheels are never to be used to represent deaths from child abuse or reported cases of child abuse.
  • Offer people in your community the chance to make a personal statement in support of your work by purchasing pinwheels.
  • Let the media know about your pinwheel garden and its significance.
  • Ask your local radio stations to run public service announcements in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
  • Consider planting Pinwheels at childcare centers, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, courthouses, health departments, libraries, and other highly visible locations.
  • Decorate your home, office, classroom or business with Pinwheels.
  • Make your own Pinwheels as a group or class project. Prevent Child Abuse Indiana can provide a template to make the project easier. Pinwheel color sheets are also available.
  • Carry Pinwheels in parades, give them as prizes or sell them as a fundraiser


Pinwheels are distributed to chartered Prevention Councils throughout the state. If you have any questions about pinwheels in your community please contact Stephanie Shene at 317.775.6439 or send an e-mail to


If you would like to purchase a Pinwheel Garden Kit or other Pinwheel merchandise, please visit our webpage at